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What is spyware? [panic]

  1. May 14, 2004 #1
    what is spyware??!!! [panic]

    When ever I log on to the internet from my home computer, an ad saying that my computer is infected with spyware pops up. Even worse, porn ads keep popping up. I am getting really angry with this. Is this a virus??
    I want to download as many virus scans as possible. Would that be healthy for my computer?? One more ludicrous, abhorred, obscene porn ad and I am going to freak. That is why I may be a little rude here and there in some discussion, because this sort of obscenity puts me in a bad mood. If someone can tell me how to get rid of this obstinate computer venom, I will appreciate it. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :grumpy: :grumpy: :devil: :devil: :devil: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :devil:
     
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  3. May 14, 2004 #2

    chroot

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    Get a program called AdAware. Run it.

    - Warren
     
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  6. May 15, 2004 #5

    enigma

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    Ad-aware is the greatest program ever designed by the mind of man.

    When I become supreme ruler of the world, lavasoft is going to be given an island somewhere...
     
  7. May 15, 2004 #6
    Ad Aware misses a lot of stuff that Spybot picks up... I do not think its that handy because for the Pro users they have to go to the page itself everytime they want a reflist update.
     
  8. May 15, 2004 #7
    And SpyBot misses a lot of stuff that AdAware picks up. Hence, use them both. I just ran 'em both last night, and each picked up stuff the other missed.

    cookiemonster
     
  9. May 15, 2004 #8

    jimmy p

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    i got some crazy virus on my laptop that disconnects my computer and then tries to connect me to a premium rate line. Costed over £2 for being connected for 51 seconds. So far it has costed me £22. My main problem is that i have a 56kb connection so i cant download anything fast enough that can deal with the problem before it disconnects me. :frown:
     
  10. May 17, 2004 #9
    My computer is now infected with 47 viruses. I can't use it (it is virtually impossible because it takes like a year to even start loading a Word Doc let alone the internet) so I'm probably not going to be around very much.
     
  11. May 17, 2004 #10
    Egh... Sounds like the computers at my school. =\

    There are free (not "borrowed"...) virus scanners running around the internet if you don't own one.

    cookiemonster
     
  12. May 17, 2004 #11

    enigma

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    Format and start from scratch...
     
  13. May 17, 2004 #12
    Take our computer out and beat it to death then return it to the store and say it had a psu overload. :)
     
  14. May 18, 2004 #13
    Okay, the Ad Aware did not work. I just installed Norton antivirus, and now there are ZERO viruses on my beloved 2001 speedy computer. [sigh] but those annoying spyware pop ups are still comming. My sister suggests downloading Adware as well. I am going to try it tomorrow. Jeez, it took me for ever to connect because the evil spyware kept disconeecting be. Is spyware something that hackers enforce or something?
     
  15. May 18, 2004 #14

    ShawnD

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    Stop using Internet Explorer. Those dialer programs are installed through ActiveX, an IE only thing. If you use a browser like Opera or Mozilla, those programs are unable to install themselves.
     
  16. May 18, 2004 #15

    jimmy p

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    I like Ebolamonk3y's method better but I agree ShawnD. I dont use my laptop for going online any more.
     
  17. May 18, 2004 #16
    Windows just suxs overall... Resource hogging pos.
     
  18. May 18, 2004 #17

    ShawnD

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    Windows is still on par with Linux though.
    Just windows ~70mb ram
    Linux + KDE ~ 65mb ram
     
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